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    Bismarck Sea Morobe Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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43rd BG March 3, 1943

Location
The Bismarck Sea spans from the northern coast of New Guinea with New Britain to the east and the Admiralty Islands to the north. The Dampier Strait and Vitiaz Strait are to the south connecting to the Solomon Sea. Named by the Germans in honor of then German chancellor Otto von Bismarck.

Battle of the Bismarck Sea
The Battle of the Bismarck Sea occurred during March 2-4, 1943 when Allied aircraft attacked and sank a Japanese convoy of eight transports escorted by eight destroyers that departed Rabaul loaded with reinforcements and supplies bound for Lae. The battle was an Allied victory as they sank all eight transports and four destroyers. Nearly 3,000 Japanese were killed and only 850 troops managed to reach Lae. The battle was the conducted by only Allied aircraft that employed new tactics including skip bombing.

P-38G Lightning 42-12715
Pilot Shifflet MIA March 3, 1943

P-38F Lightning 42-12623 Nose 16
Pilot Faurot MIA March 3, 1943

B-17F "Ka-Puhio-Wela" 41-24356
Pilot Moore MIA March 3, 1943

Kyokusei Maru
Sunk by Allied aircraft March 2, 1943 first ship sunk during the Battle of Bismarck Sea

Aiyo Maru
Sunk by Allied aircraft March 3, 1943 during Battle of Bismarck Sea

Oikawa Maru
Sunk by Allied aircraft March 3, 1943 during Battle of Bismarck Sea 30 miles southeast of Finschafen

Teiyo Maru
Cargo 6,801 tons. Sunk by Allied aircraft March 3, 1943

Taimei Maru
Cargo 2,883 tons. Sunk by Allied aircraft March 3, 1943

Sin-ai Maru
Cargo 3,793 tons. Also known as Shin-ai Maru or Sinai Maru. Sunk by Allied aircraft March 3, 1943

Kembu Maru
Cargo 954 tons carrying gasoline. Sunk by Allied aircraft March 3, 1943

Nojima Maru
Transport 8,750 Tons. Also known as Noshima Maru or Nozima Maru. Sunk by Allied aircraft March 3, 1943

Asashio
Destroyer 2,370 tons. Sunk by Allied aircraft March 3, 1943

Shirayuki
Destroyer 2,090 Tons. Sunk by Allied aircraft March 3, 1943

Tokitsukaze
Destroyer 2,490 Tons. Sunk by Allied aircraft March 3, 1943

Arashio
Destroyer 2,370 tons. Sunk by Allied aircraft March 4, 1943

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Last Updated
January 11, 2018

 

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